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How can I share my SHIELD's Gamepad Mapper profiles with the community?

With the new community profiles BETA feature in Gamepad Mapper, users are able to share, browse, and rate community generated game profiles. To access the feature, hold the Start button from within an Android game to access the GamePad Mapper UI. Then, select to the menu button (three dots that appear above the “Download From Server” gizmo) to open the community share and rating options.

My Nyko PlayPad Pro is not working properly in SHIELD Console Mode.

If you're having technical issues using your Nyko PlayPad Pro with your SHIELD, the firmware likely requires updating. Refer to the Nyko PlayPad Pro product page to download its wired update utility to update the Firmware through your PC or Mac.

Once this is complete, you can re-pair the PlayPad Pro to your SHIELD.

If technical issues persist, please contact Nyko directly. They will assist you in updating or replacing the controller. For more details, refer to

What controllers are compatible with SHIELD in Console Mode?

We've tested the following controllers and they are compatible with SHIELD in Console Mode:

  • Nyko PlayPad Pro
    • NOTE: may require update to latest firmware
  • MOGA Pro, MOGA Pro Power, and MOGA Hero Power
    • NOTE: MOGA controllers do not have an integrated Android Home button
  • XBOX 360 wired controller
    • NOTE: must connect wired USB controller to a separate micro USB to USB OTG Adapter


What is a micro USB to USB OTG Adapter used for?

This adapter is used to connect USB 2.0 supported devices to SHIELD. For example, if you want to connect an Xbox 360 wired controller to SHIELD for use in Console Mode, you'll need this adapter as SHIELD has a micro USB port.

What type of micro USB to USB OTG Adapter do I need to support USB 2.0 based devices?

There any many micro USB to USB OTG adapters available in the marketplace. The adapter must have a male Micro USB connector to a (regular) USB 2.0 female connector.


What are the requirements to GameStream at 1080p @ 60 FPS?

In order to stream games in Console Mode @ 1080p @ 60 FPS, your PC system must meet the following minimum requirements (NOTE: these requirements are slightly higher than the standard 720p GameStream requirements):

  • GPU: GeForce® GTX 660 or higher GPU
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or higher, or AMD FX 6-Core or higher
  • Micro USB Ethernet Adapter: Connect a wired Ethernet cable from your router to your SHIELD.


What type of micro USB Ethernet adapter do I need to enable GameStream at 1080p @60 FPS?

There are many different types of Micro USB Ethernet adapters available in the marketplace. The adapter must be a male Micro USB connector to a female Ethernet connector.

NOTE: A Micro USB Ethernet adapter can be used, but SHIELD cannot be charged with this type of adapter. To charge SHIELD while using Ethernet, a Micro USB Y-Cable with inputs for female Micro USB, male Micro USB, and female full-size USB 2.0 will need to be used. Additionally, a full-size USB 2.0 Ethernet adapter will be needed in conjunction with the Y-Cable.


How do I move app and game program (APK + OBB) files from SHIELD internal storage to the microsd card?
  • Move data files by going to Settings → Apps → (Select App) → Move to SD card
  • NOTES:
    • The ability to move data to SD card is variable for select apps and games. Only apps that developers have opted in as moveable to external storage can be moved.
    • SHIELD only supports writing to FAT32 formatted cards. This is a limitation of Android.
    • 32 GB (or less) microSD cards – SHIELD supports FAT32 data format. Most microSD cards that are 32GB or less are already formatted as FAT32. If the memory card is not formatted, format to FAT32, using your PC or Mac computer.
    • 64 GB (or higher) microSD cards – Android does not support the exFAT file system out-of-the-box. Because the standard FAT32 file system does NOT support partitions greater than 32 GB by default, 64GB cards come pre-formatted as exFAT. If you want to use a 64 GB microSD with SHIELD, it has to be converted to a file system format that is supported by stock Android, which in this case is NTFS. This can be done using a PC.
    • KitKat significantly changes the way applications are allowed to use SD cards. If you use SD Card to store data, please read here for further details.
What are the recommended Miracast devices?
  • NVIDIA has tested with a variety of Miracast devices and recommends Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro with firmware release or higher for best compatibility with SHIELD. For ScreenBeam owners, download the latest Actiontec ScreenBeam firmware here and learn how to update the firmware here.
Where can I buy SHIELD?

SHIELD is available for order directly from NVIDIA at as well as our etail/retail partners: Amazon, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg, Think Geek,Tiger Direct, Canada Computers, Memory Express, and NCIX.

In what regions is SHIELD available?

SHIELD is initially available only in the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong.
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What Android games does SHIELD work with?

As SHIELD is a full-featured Android device with a multi-touch screen and access to the Google Play store, gamers can access and play an extensive catalog of Android games on SHIELD. Games optimized for gamepads and 5" landscape displays are going to provide the best gaming experience. Check out the list of SHIELD optimized games available from NVIDIA TegraZone. Beyond the many great titles available through TegraZone, There are a number of other games available on Google Play that offer native controller support. Check out a list of tested Android games.

What are the system requirements for streaming pc games to SHIELD?

The basic requirements are a Wi-Fi router and a modern gaming PC with a GeForce GTX 650 or a Notebook with a (Kepler-based) GeForce GTX 600M or higher GPU. The detailed requirements are:

How does streaming games from my PC to SHIELD work?

NVIDIA uses the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPUs along with special streaming software integrated into GeForce experience to stream games from the PC to SHIELD over Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency. Gamers use SHIELD as the controller and display for their favorite PC games as well as for Steam Big Picture.

What PC games does SHIELD work with?

Check out the complete list of supported PC games.

What buttons are on the SHIELD controller?

SHIELD provides a full console-grade controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, L/R bumpers, L/R analog triggers, Start/Back/Home/Volume buttons, and a multi-function NVIDIA/Power button.

What is the warranty on SHIELD?

SHIELD comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty. Warranty details.